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Poster: NoiseCollector Date: Jan 17, 2009 10:30pm
Forum: Americana Subject: Re: American History

What doesn't make sense is the fact that you can walk in the library and photo copy it, or copy CD's, DVD's and stuff easily.

Why not make that flip book format like a streaming only soundboard recording so that you can look but not take a copy?

Digital and online is the way of the future... except curling up with a laptop at the beach sucks balls and I can't afford one of those electronic books yet.

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Poster: haradda Date: Jan 18, 2009 7:52am
Forum: Americana Subject: Re: American History

Just because it can be done doesn't mean that it should be done or even that it will be done. We have copyright with the idea that it allows the author to reap the rewards of a monopoly on his works for a limited period (that keeps getting longer all the time)so that he/she will be encouraged to create more.

What you are talking about is the "analog hole" that the media companies have been trying to close and are failing to do so. They maximise their profits by restricting access to information by DRM, limited production runs, price and changing the rules of the (copyright)game on the sly. In the short and long run they are doomed to fail as they are doing so right now.

That saying you have to be realistic about the laws that IA and other legal internet libraries work under. It is the work of the possible. If you don't want to end up like Caesar's prirates you play by the rules. Black libraries are as bad as the media companies in restricting access to information.